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Stephen Merchant has defended Ricky Gervais's Channel 4 comedy Derek, claiming that there are people in the industry who are determined to take down the comedian. Merchant, who worked with Gervais on The Office and Extras, said that any "outrage" about the care home sitcom was an inevitable result of his friend's huge success. "I feel like the knives are out for Ricky whatever he does," Merchant told Shortlist. "It's happened to every successful performer in this country. Stephen Fry was targeted a while back - he was much loved in the days of Fry & Laurie, then he became 'Mr Know-It-All' (more) »


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